Super Bowl Ratings: Huge Number Will Be Impossible for 2013 Super Bowl to Top

T.J. McaloonContributorFebruary 6, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 05:  (***EDITORS NOTE*** - THIS DIGITAL IMAGE WAS CREATED WITH THE USE OF VARIABLE FOCAL PLANE LENS) The Vince Lombardi Trophy is presented to the New York Giants after the Giants defeated the Patriots by a score of 21-17 in Super Bowl XLVI at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 5, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Fact, the National Football League is king in America. There is nothing that comes close in overtaking the popularity of this league. So, seeing a record-setting overnight television rating of 47.8 percent of households tuning into the game shouldn’t surprise you.

However, the question is, “Can the NFL surpass this huge number next year?”

According to the USA Today, the game’s first numbers are .1 percent lower than last year’s record-setting number of 47.9 percent. 

NBC's 47.8% slightly trailed last year's 47.9% for the Super Bowl on Fox and also trails the 47.9% for the N.Y. Giants-Denver Super Bowl in 1987.

NBC's rating Sunday at a 51.8 from 9:30-10 p.m. ET when Eli Manning led the Giants on a game-winning drive in the fourth quarter. The halftime performance by 53-year old Madonna drew a 48.1 overnight, up 1% from the halftime performance by the Black Eyed Peas last year.

However, from the same article, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said: “NBC's telecast of the New York Giants' 21-17 victory over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI could be the most-watched U.S. TV program ever once the numbers roll in.

Goodell told the media in Indianapolis this morning that early TV numbers are "on par or slightly ahead" of Fox's record-setting broadcast of Super Bowl XLV last year.

However, according to ESPN's Trey Wingo who retweeted a tweet from Richard Deitsch, the Super Bowl last night was watched by 111.3 million viewers.

This number was confirmed via a tweet from the Star-Ledger's Giants beat reporter Mike Garafolo

This year’s Super Bowl saw two teams with marquee players at the quarterback position in Eli Manning and Tom Brady. Who knows what the numbers would have been if the runner-ups from the AFC and NFC title games would have played, in Baltimore and San Francisco.

Plus, the game was a competitive contest, with each team trading the lead finishing with an epic conclusion. 

Next year, the NFL will have to get two teams with deep history, a passionate fanbase and marquee players. The last two Super Bowls have seen these three aspects funnel in huge ratings. 

So, to say the NFL can eclipse this huge number at Super Bowl XLVII is a daunting task. 

If I’m a betting man, and if you look at some of the better teams in the NFL, we could easily see a Super Bowl matchup next year of Houston vs. San Francisco.  

This means that despite how popular the NFL is, it will not overtake the monster rating from Pats vs. Giants. 

Unless the Denver Broncos make it in and we see Tim Tebow in the Super Bowl. Then, all bets are off.